Spelling Bee

Each spring, the WITF Central PA Spelling Bee invites 4th to 8th grade students from 10 surrounding counties to demonstrate their spelling knowledge as they attempt to make their way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Interested schools register with Scripps in the fall and then conduct their own qualifying Spelling Bee at their school. Winners from each of the participating schools compete in a 50 word written test and 50 word vocabulary test held at the WITF Public Media Center. No more than the top 35 spellers participate in the WITF Grand Championship Spelling Bee, an oral spell down which is then broadcast on WITF TV. The winner from that bee qualifies to compete nationally in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Quiz: Can you spell as well as a middle school student?

Written by Colette Clarke, Interactive Producer | Jan 31, 2012 7:35 PM

About 150 middle school spellers representing 67 schools from 10 counties in Central Pennsylvania took 100-word written test at the Public Media Center on January 29, 2012. About 36 of the top spellers who took the test will advance to the Grand Championship Spelling Bee on Feb. 25. The winner of that contest will then travel to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the Washington, D.C. area, in the spring.

Do you think you can spell as well as these students? The quiz below is composed of words that were on the written test. See if you can pick the correctly spelled word from the four options!

When you are done taking the test, share your results in the comments below, if you dare! You may also want to challenge your friends to take the test by sharing it on Twitter and Facebook. See which of your friends spell the best!

You can watch the contest on witf TV at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 with rebroadcasts at 8 p.m. Feb. 29 and 1 p.m. March 2.

witf’s Central PA Spelling Bee is supported by The Hershey Company, Shippensburg University, The Kline Foundation and New Cumberland Federal Credit Union.

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